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February 4, 2021: Town Hall 2/9 announced and MetroSafe Update

Posted Thursday, February 4, 2021 | Announcements to Students

February Town Hall scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.–noon

During this live Zoom session, Metro State employees and students will have an opportunity to bring questions, comments, and feedback forward as we continue to evaluate and make plans for this semester and beyond. Can’t make it? We will provide a summary of the Town Hall in the next week’s MetroSafe email.

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Would you like to hear about a specific topic or ask a question in advance? Please email covid-19@metrostate.edu and we’ll address your questions at the Town Hall.

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Jan. 27–Feb. 2, Metropolitan State has reported six COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, one was thought to be infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:

Students—Week of 1/27/2020 - 2/2/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 2/2/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—5 / 297

Negative—0 / 80

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—1 / 2

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—4 / 215

Contagious while on campus—1 / 20

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—3 / 195

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—1 / 210

Employees—Week of 1/27/2020 - 2/2/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 2/2/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 15

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 13

Contagious while on campus—0 / 0

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 14

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 13

As a campus with many students and employees studying and working offsite, if a positive case does not trace to an exposure/contact on campus, the campus may not be notified. Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time​ due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change. Individuals, particularly those that have been at one of our locations, are also encouraged to report any COVID-19 health updates through our reporting form. As part of the Minnesota State system and in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan State posts a link to the Minnesota State COVID-19 dashboard on the website.

How do we determine the infectious time and quarantine timelines on campus?

Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Higher Education considers a person infectious two days before the start of symptoms, if symptoms are present

When we are notified that someone had a positive COVID test, the two days before the test sample is collected is considered the infectious period, if no symptoms are present. A quarantine period of 14 days is used before the individual can return to campus in person.

We also identify if the person had close contact (within 6 feet of each other for 15 minutes or more in a single day) with others on campus or in campus related activities. The close contacts are asked to stay home (isolate) for 14 days from their last close contact. It can take two to 14 days to show symptoms. However, even shorter periods of time and/or longer distances can result in spread of the virus. The longer someone is close to the person who has COVID-19, and the closer they are, the greater the chance the virus can spread.

Wearing of face coverings

As the pandemic continues, we need to reinforce important safety practices for everyone who comes to our campus facilities. All Metropolitan State University faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a face covering over both the nose and mouth at all times when indoors or in other university facilities. This includes when traveling in common hallways, tunnels and workspaces if you are working within 6 feet of a coworker if physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please help us keep our community safe.

If you have been vaccinated, face coverings and social distancing are still required.

Vaccine

Current status of vaccine distribution in the state can be found at: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

Minnesota recently launched a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program and opened community vaccination sites across the state. These sites will initially serve adults age 65 and older as well as educators (pre-kindergarten through grade 12), school staff, and childcare workers. Because of limited vaccine supply, there are only a small number of appointments available. This program will help to vaccinate more people and to prepare for the future when more vaccine is made available from the federal government. For more information, including who can get vaccinated and how to schedule appointments, see Who's Getting Vaccinated.

COVID Testing

Free community testing sites are open and available for saliva testing. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/community.html